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In December, we took over as caretakers for a colony close to our home - we thought were caring for three kittens who needed to be TNVRd (Trapped, Neuter/Spayed, Vaccinated, and Returned) but we quickly realized the colony was overrun with cats - close to 20.
Between January and March, I trapped 12 cats. Some were friendly enough to be placed with foster groups. Most had to be released back into the community. I had plenty of traps, time, permission to be on the property, and access to a vet clinic. But it was clear that trapping one by one was going to take forever. I got to know other caretakers in Manchester and realized that we drew lots of stray, abandoned, and otherwise homeless cats. We needed to try something bigger.
Our colony was near an abandoned home known locally as "Miss Mary Jane's house" - Miss Mary Jane was a local cat lady in the 70's and 80's - a woman with a spiritual connection to homeless cats. Some of her belongings are still in the house, offering comfort and safety for the cats who seek refuge there.
We have organized a TNR spay & neuter clinic for feral cats in the Manchester neighborhood of Pittsburgh's Northside. ManchesterCatTrap
So we need to raise $2100 to provide free TNVR for 30 cats and we'd like to raise $3500 to TNVR 50 cats. We will prioritize cats from Manchester. Any extra spots will be shared with other Northside communities and rescue groups. We also need to pay for some basic supplies such as printing, water for the volunteers, etc.
Important update - we have combined this fundraiser with the Dr. John Ruffing Pet Food Distribution Projects fundraiser. Dr John Ruffing was a beloved veterinarian and personal friend who passed too young at age 41 in November 2007. These food distribution project has been created with his family's blessing and encouragement. Our first distribution will take place at this TNVR event and will prioritize pet owners in Manchester and the Northside. Future efforts will include our feral cat colony pet food distribution.
Donations of actual pet food can be sent to Mr. Sign 1316 Western Avenue Pittsburgh PA 15233 [phone redacted]. Shipments are fine and drop-offs can be scheduled by contacting them.
Wish list is at http://bit.ly/DrRuffingPetFood
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